Showing brotherly love was a part of being obedient to what Jesus had taught about our relationships here on earth so that our relationship with the Heavenly Father would even stronger. Obedience brought about a purity that allowed the truth to lead us everyday, and in that obedience we are never led to do the wrong to our brothers and sisters of the faith but to do the good and to do that in ever increasing fashion. We all long to be loved and appreciated and it can begin with us showing that love and care first.. .just like Christ loved us first.
Tuesday - Duty to Strangers - Matthew 25:35
Jesus taught that one of the areas of service that we will be judged by was how we treat others. How we serve others would reflect how we would serve Jesus Christ, Himself. The writer of Hebrews speaks of entertaining stranger as if they may be angels sent by God, and to visit prisoners as if we were right there beside them in the cell. Again these are some of the acts of discipleship, of love, that Jesus and God the Father will bless and approve at the time of the judgment. ".. .as you have done to the least of these you did it to Me."
Wednesday - Contentment - Philippians 4:11
Thinking over this past week, did you ever complain about how tough you have it. I understand how at times it is rough on us when things do not go the way we feel is right for the effort we have made or for the circumstances we find ourselves in. But in those moments I think about those who suffer all the time. Paul shared that in his travels and by what he saw and experienced, he found himself to be content (not overly happy, but content) with the way things were going because he knew that he was not alone in it all. As we learned from the passage from Hebrews 13, God (Jesus) will not leave us or forsake us.. .He will be there with us. With that in mind I can be content.
Thursday - Confidence in God - Psalm 23:4
In the most famous of the Psalms, we hear David share about that relationship between he and his Shepherd that is grounded in trust. That trust was found even in the most unlikely of places.. .the valley of the shadow of death. David said that there was nothing to fear because even at death's door the Good Shepherd was with him, protecting him with both rod and staff. The rod being used in those close encounters and the staff when tough situations were being held off beyond arms length for safety's sake. We, too, can trust in in the Lord during those not so comfortable times. We have confidence in the Lord that He can do it again.
Friday - Security - 1 Peter 3:13
In those moments of the confidence that we grow to have in the Lord we come to that point where we do not fall back into times of fear but know with certainty of the security that we can have in the Lord. Just as Peter came to know and live. There was that truth that who can harm us if we are eagerly pursuing the opportunities to do good to those around us. The witnesses of what we involved in will hold us up for the sake of the good deeds even if they are unbelievers or are those who are not sure in their own faith.
Saturday - Honor - 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
Paul shares that as Christians we are to give honor and respect to those who are working among us, showing us what living for Christ means. There is an honor that ought to be given to those who lead us by more than just words but by example in living as Jesus lived. This honor too is to be based in a love for them as they are active in doing the will of God. The writer of Hebrews agrees with Paul that to imitate these leaders that give of themselves in so many ways is proper but also respectful and supportive. We are to encourage one another in love and service as if it were to Christ.